Like the game, New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik's playoff scoring slump extended to one, two then three overtimes.
Then came a quick pass from behind the net by Mike Richards and a one-timer past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby as Gaborik ended both his eight-game goal-less streak and the longest game since 2008.
"It's about will," Gaborik said simply after Wednesday's 2-1 victory that gave the Rangers the same edge in the best-of-seven second-round series.
If not his will, Gaborik's patience certainly had been tested in Game 3 at Verizon Center, which ended early Thursday morning. He hit two posts, the latter in midway through triple-OT. Each were just inches from a goal, something Gaborik hadn't had since Game 1 of the first round against Ottawa.
"I hope it gets Gabby going," Rangers coach John Tortorella said of his 41-goal scorer from the regular season. "He's a guy we need as we continue. This is just one game...